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Review: Batwoman #3

Three issues into the first arc of Batwoman and just like the series previous issues, the third is pure fire. Each issue of this arc, so far, manages to build upon the previous issue and serve as a standalone issue worthy of praise on its own. Batwoman #3 shines as a dark jewel in the Batwoman crown. Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV start the issue off in a pretty dark place. There are hints of an unseen assault of a youth, followed by an attack of the perpetrator, and the saving of the child. This one page intro was one hell of a way to kick off an issue. The actual abuse isn’t actually seen but portrayed using a moist fruit, word bubbles and context. We may never know what triggered the murder in that alley but we know the perpetrator had it coming and before we even see the aftermath Steve Epting‘s stellar art work conveys enough imagery to bring us in to he dark side.

We find ourselves pulled out of the darkness of the opening sequence to Kate on a mission. She seeks to infiltrate the sinister Kali Corp. With shipside backup , plots are revealed, frenemies resurface and creepy villains reign with well conceived yet, unnecessary elaborate plans that make them seem like rogue cells of Project Mayhem. Luckily, Bennett and Tynion know how to make the insane interesting and believable and Epting knows how to stage a scene without word.

The writing is solid and the art and story are intense. There are no lags, dull moments or even any placeholder scenes, the creative team keep the heart of the story beating rapid fire like the action scenes that come out at the end of a slow burn. There aren’t a lot of action scenes or fights in this issue but, the ones that appear seem more relevant because of the tension that the story overall creates. As a reader, I found myself so wrapped up in the story that I forgot I was reading, I was so engaged and drawn into to story that I could hear, see, feel, smell, taste, flinch, recoil, and dread every moment as the panel or page called for a reaction as if I was there. The way the creative team frames the story, it creates an instant connection with the characters that make you feel involved and invested.

Usually the third installment in a story arc is filled with exposition and erroneous background info, that is not the case here and I’m grateful to the creative team for going for homeruns with every issue that I’ve read so far. Overall, this issue is not only on par with the previous ones but it builds on the momentum created in the previous issues but, connects them adding layers to the story and allowing for some top notch entertaining reading.  Bennett and Tynion raised the stakes and, gave us full fire awesomeness that has me fully primed to check out the next issue because, I need to know what happens next.

Story: Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV Art: Steve Epting
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batwoman #4

Batwoman #4

(W) Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV (A/CA) Steve Epting
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“The Many Arms Of Death” finale! Batwoman’s been following the trail of the deadly weapon Monster Venom, while simultaneously trying to discover what became of her lost lover, Safiyah…but what happens when those two roads meet? And how does it all connect to the death of Batwoman’s mother? A terrifying new threat is unleashed on the world when the true nature of the Many Arms Of Death is revealed!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Preview: Detective Comics #958

Detective Comics #958

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“Intelligence” part one! Azrael has found a new home in Gotham City…unfortunately, someone from his old home with the Order of St. Dumas has found him! The Order has unleashed a bizarre new evil on the world, and it’s convinced it must destroy Jean-Paul Valley!

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Dark Days, Looney Tunes, Mother Panic and More

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We talk a few single comic issues from DC Comics as well as briefly go over three trades. Reviewed are:

Dark Days: The Forge #1 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, and Danny Miki.

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1 by Sam Humphries, Tom Grummett, and Juan Manuel Ortiz.

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1 by Steve Orlando, Frank Barbiere, Aaron Lopresti, Jim Fannine, and John Loter.

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress collecting issues 1-6 by Jody Houser, Tommy Lee Edwards, and Shawn Crystal.

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven collecting issues #9-15 by Tim Seeley, Marcio Takara, Minkyu Jung, and Marcus To.

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best collecting Teen Titans: Rebirth #1 and #1-5 by Ben Percy, Khoi Pham, Diogenes Neves, Wade Von Grawbadger, Ruy Jose, Sean Parsons, and Jonboy Meyers

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores June 14 and bookstores June 20.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Dark Days: The Forge #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian #1
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Mother Panic Vol. 1 A Work in Progress
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Nightwing Vol. 2 Back to Bludhaven
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

Teen Titans Vol. 1 Damian Knows Best
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Darkness comes to the DC Universe with the mystery of The Forge! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

Dark Days: The Forge kicks off DC Comics’ summer event Dark Days: Metal which revolves around a mystery that goes back to the beginning of civilization and the DC Universe. The build up has indicated this is an event that will feel epic in scope and writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV deliver in a way that’s surprising and unexpected by me.

I use that word “unexpected” despite the fact the two writers are beyond talented and continually deliver entertaining comics. I chose that word because from the little we’ve seen, the comic itself feels like a bit of grim and gritty which now feels so far off from the bright, positive, filled with hope world of DC Rebirth. The comic is unexpected in that even though it does have an ominous tone about it, it still fits within the Rebirth world unfolding in a way that builds a mystery and teasing out enough to get readers excited.

The other reason the comic’s success is unexpected is due to the fact that it feels like it breaks the mold of having to be entrenched in DC Universe lore to really appreciate what’s going on. That’s something I’ve talked about before and Rebirth and this comic feels as a whole like it fixes that issue that has plagued the range of comics.

Instead, we get a comic that’s easy to enjoy on its own as the story unfolds. It’s enjoybale for new and old fans alike with those who have decades of knowledge probably getting more out of it than those who only have months (or years). It also does well in feeling like a new reader can pick it up, but those who have been reading Snyder and Tynion’s Batman will also feel like it’s the beginning of a payoff of something that has been teased at for quite some time. Something is coming. There’s a big mystery out there. Batman is on the mission, whatever that might be.

And a lot is thrown in this issue. Too much to go over and also I just don’t want to spoil it. We get revelations and characters and teases and an ending that has taken my trepidation over the event and turned it into excitement to see what comes next. There’s so much packed in, I’m still trying to figure it all out.

The art is by some of the best out there including Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr. and while I’d have preferred it be one of the three rockstar artists, the switching of styles isn’t a bump at all and honestly isn’t something that really jumped out at me. Romita’s unique style is the only one that really stood out, but wasn’t in a way that causes a massive issue at all. To see such quality art though helps solidify the importance of the issue and shows off the epicness of it all with beautiful visuals.

A comic I went into expecting the usual “event” blah out of it I came out of excited to see what comes next. This is an event that was promised to be epic and it delivers on the hype.

Story: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr.
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Dark Days: The Forge #1

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV (A) Jim Lee, Andy Kubert (A/CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $4.99

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Casting #1

Dark Days: The Casting #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr.
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017

The Joker’s surprise attack threatens to lay waste to all of Batman’s carefully laid plans. Will the Dark Knight be able to regain the trust of his closest allies, Green Lantern and Duke, and prevent the forces of darkness from consuming the DC Universe?! Will Hawkman’s warning stop our heroes from peering into the abyss?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is on its way, courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.!

Early Preview: Dark Days: The Forge #1

Dark Days: The Forge #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Art by: Jim Lee, Various, John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
Cover by: Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Scott Williams
Variant cover by: John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert
U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: June 14, 2017

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC’s pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It’s an epic that will span generations—but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC’s most legendary heroes?

The great comics event of summer 2017 is about to begin courtesy of superstar writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion III and illustrated by a master class of comics artists: Andy Kubert, Jim Lee and John Romita Jr.! You do not want to miss this one!

Preview: Detective Comics #957

Detective Comics #957

(W) Genevieve Valentine, James Tynion IV (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Eddy Barrows
RATED T
In Shops: May 24, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“The Wrath Of Spoiler”! Stephanie Brown wants nothing more than to save Gotham City from the epidemic of costumed vigilantes and madmen that regularly tear the city apart. But before she can try to stop them, she must face the challenge of one in particular: the insane idealogue the Wrath is back, and Stephanie knows what he has planned-but she refuses to let Batman risk more lives to stop him. That means it’s all on her…and a very unlikely ally!

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